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ROCK CREEK

The section of the High Sierra Trail (HST) between Moraine Lake and Kern Hot Springs was pretty much all downhill into the Kern Canyon, losing over 1,400 feet in elevation. It was quite pleasing to see that the Kern River was flowing quite nicely at the bottom of the canyon. The downhill walk definitely gave us a much needed break from constant upclimbs although it meant an insane amount of climbing to do the following day to reach Wallace Creek. But, there were hot springs to let the body soak in, especially for our poor toes tormented by the granite part of the trail! With a small tub of warm, almost too warm at times bathed in dry sunlight, spring water, it was quite a treat! The campground was located at the confluence of the Rock Creek and the Kern River. It made the area quite lush and exuberant. Since it was a short day, we enjoyed the long late afternoon by the hot springs, completely baking ourselves in the sun. After early dinner, I took an advantage of the profusely lush forest and the charming cascades in the creek.

Sequoia National Park, CA

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM
  • 25mm / 300 sec at ƒ/4.0 / ISO 100
  • Taken 8/15/2016

© 2016 H Peter Ji

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